MAN DIES IN CHARLOTTE RIOTS
A man has died as a result of riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, police announced early Thursday evening.
Fox News reported Justin Carr, 26, who was shot Wednesday night and rushed to the hospital in critical condition and placed on life support, has been declared dead.
Police initially reported that the man had died Wednesday night but later retracted the statement.
“It was a civilian who suffered a gun shot wound during the protests. He is now on life support and in critical condition but not deceased,” Police Chief Kerr Putney stated Wednesday night.
City officials added that the Charlotte Police Department didn’t fire the shot and that he was shot by civilians. No charges have been filed yet.
The riots began Tuesday following the death of Keith Lamont Scott, father of seven. He was shot by police who were attempting to serve a warrant on another man. Police allege Scott got out of his car with a gun in his hand, which he refused to drop. However, his family claims he was unarmed and reading a book in his vehicle. His parents urged the protesters to remain peaceful.
North Carolina Governor Jennifer Roberts stated. “Go home and tell everyone that violence is the not the answer. An investigation is ongoing and it will be transparent.”
The protest, which began as a peaceful demonstration Tuesday night over Scott’s death, escalated to violence after shots were fired into a crowd, injuring one man. Police used rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and flash bang grenades to try and disperse the angry crowd.
Several hundred protesters retaliated by throwing fireworks and debris at the police near the Omni Charlotte Hotel. Reports indicate that to date 16 police officers and seven civilians have been injured.
“We were trying to disperse the crowd and we’ve been very patient but now they’ve become very aggressive, throwing bottles and so forth at my officers. So now it’s time for us to restore order,” Police Chief Putney announced.
The National Guard as well as North Carolina Police have been called in to assist Charlotte police. Some reports indicate protesters have been attempting to stop “a wall of police cars driving to Charlotte.”
Another report claims there is even more violence. Charlotte police announced they stopped protesters from throwing the unconscious body of a news photographer into a blazing bin. It’s alleged he was earlier knocked unconscious by rioters. Pictures on various social media are showing photos of people smashing windows in local shops.
More on the situation in Charlotte, NC will follow as the riots are ongoing and dynamic and sure to generate more news.